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Meet 20 Influential Personalities Who Are Breaking Barriers and Shaping the Future in 2023

New Delhi [India], October 20: In the dynamic landscape of 2023, meet 20 trailblazers shaping diverse industries and communities.These remarkable individuals exemplify entrepreneurship, innovation, and leadership, influencing sectors like finance, marketing, education, wellness, technology, and more. From seasoned professionals like Meghal Shah, a financial expert, to tech innovator Alok Kumar and wellness advocate Yogini Kavita Joshi, each person’s journey embodies resilience, creativity, and a commitment to making a meaningful impact. Their stories unveil a future driven by passion, innovation, and the unyielding pursuit of positive change. Read More

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THIS WOMAN’S NOT-FOR-PROFIT HAS HELPED OVER 10,000 ARTISANS IN 18 STATES

The Tisser Artisan Trust, founded by Megha Phansalkar, has generated livelihoods for 1000+ rural clusters in 18 states and has helped incorporate new styles and techniques in their craft. It has also introduced tech for improving artisan connect.

An urban regional planner with more than 20 years of experience in the development sector, Megha Phansalkar has worked with the World Bank since 2007 on multiple water sanitation and livelihood projects.

As part of her work, Megha realized that indigenous weavers and artisans suffered as they lacked design and marketing support, which left them at the mercy of exploitative middlemen and without a stable source of livelihood.
“In 2015, I went ahead and sought to address this issue by founding my own not-for-profit trust to help artisans generate a much-needed source of income. It realized the need to incorporate modern style and techniques into the traditional skills of artisans,” she tells Her Story. Read More

Article published in Business Standard on 4th July 2023 about Dr. Megha Phansalkar

In the dynamic realm of business, a group of remarkable women entrepreneurs is fearlessly shaping the future with their visionary leadership and unwavering determination. The article published six inspiring women who are making a profound impact in various industries in 2023. From revolutionizing the beauty and jewelry sectors to empowering artisans and providing comprehensive wealth management solutions.

Dr. Megha Phansalkar 

Introducing Dr. Megha Phansalkar, a fearless entrepreneur shaping the future of business in the development sector for over 20 years.

As an Urban Regional Planner, she specializes in community-led development in water supply, sanitation, and livelihoods. Dr. Phansalkar founded the ‘Tisser Artisan Trust,’ empowering handicraft and handloom artisans across South Asia through a value chain approach.

She established AUREUS, dedicated to enhancing urban and regional environments. With extensive experience, she serves as Principal Advisor for Projects at WMRC, All India Institute for Local Self-Government, Mumbai, and Taru Leading Edge, Delhi.

Driven by her passion, she represented South Asia in the Steering Committee of WSSCC (Water Supply Sanitation Collaborative Council).

Dr. Megha Phansalkar fearlessly shapes the future of business in 2023, making a profound impact in the development sector with her expertise and dedication.

The following details are published in the Women’s Economic Forum

 

An Urban Regional Planner with an experience of 20 years in the development sector. Dr. Megha Phansalkar specializes in community-led development in rural water supply, rural/ urban sanitation, and rural development with a focus on livelihoods. She works with World Bank since 2007 on multiple water sanitation and Livelihood projects
She is a social entrepreneur and founder at ‘Tisser’supporting rural Artisans across 18 States, thus helping thousands of artisan families earn a livelihood through an enterprise model. Tisser supports end-to-end value chains from creating producer groups to making unique products for urban consumers.
Elected to Steering Committee, in Geneva for three years to represent South Asia in WSSCC (Water Supply Sanitation Collaborative Council, Geneva) WSSCC is a body with UNOPS. She is also the chair of the Governance Committee.
As an advisor with CUI (Centre for Urban Innovation), she helps the center pilot innovation and takes them to scale to make urban cities a better place to live.
Her work experience with Non-Governmental Organizations, Government Departments, and International Agencies brings a multi-dimensional, multi-stakeholder approach to working for partnerships and convergence to address developmental issues.
Dr Phansalkar is a gold medalist graduate and she is trained as a Doctorate in ‘System Design for Resource Planning and Management’ under a National fellowship. She has a Master’s in Planning from the Center for Environmental Planning and Technology (CEPT), Ahmedabad Master’s in Geography, and also a Master’s in Business Administration. She is also a trained national-level horse rider and has received the best rider trophy twice at the RDD Camp, New Delhi.

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I am an Urban Regional Planner with an experience of 20 years in the development sector. Dr. Megha Phansalkar specializes in community-led development in rural water supply, rural/urban sanitation, and rural development with a focus on livelihoods.

Focusing on specific work with the ability to multitask has always been my forte. My work experience with Non-Governmental Organizations, Government Departments, and International Agencies brings a multi-dimensional, multi-stakeholder approach to working for partnerships and convergence helped to address developmental issues.

My work in the livelihood space brought me closer to the artisan segment and resulted in starting a social entrepreneur supporting rural artisans across 18 states, thus helping 10000 networked artisan families earn a livelihood through the enterprise model.

I realized that with the changing of time-old art of handloom & handicraft are getting old and due to lack of innovation, are becoming redundant making the lives of these artists and weavers difficult.

Craftspeople or artisans are the backbone of the non-farm rural Indian economy, with an estimated 7 million artisans according to official figures (and up to 200 million artisans according to other sources) engaged in craft production to earn a livelihood. However, they are a slowly perishing breed. The sector is highly disorganized with a lack of institutional support and constraint of low capital, and poor exposure to technology, designs, and market intelligence.

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Dr. Phansalkar is a gold medalist in master’s in three subjects and a Doctorate in ‘System Design for Resource Planning and Management’ under a National fellowship. Her Ph.D. and one Masters degree were acquired post marriage. While doing her Ph.D. both kids were born and are now grown-up, independent individuals. She is also a trained national-level horse rider and has received the best rider trophy twice at the RDD Camp, New Delhi. She has a Masters in Planning from the Center for Environmental Planning and Technology (CEPT), Ahmedabad.

She is a social entrepreneur and founder of Tisser Artisans Trust. Hard work, a will to learn, and a passion to give back to society kept Megha going. An Urban Regional Planner with an experience of 20 years in the development sector, Dr.Megha Phansalkar specializes in community-led development in rural water supply, rural-urban sanitation, and rural development with a focus on livelihoods. Read More

The Nudge Institute

About the Organization

“Tisser India aims to provide sustainable livelihoods, income-generating opportunities, and access to professional support to rural artisans in India.

Tisser is an ecosystem player that works in artisan clusters pan India and helps in supply chain integration, sets processes to empower artisans, streamlines producer groups, and facilitates the entrepreneurial ecosystem by working with the producer groups.

Tisser has a network of more than 10,000 artisans, groups, and SHGs across South Asia. Working in more than 100 art forms, Tisser generates livelihoods for 1000+ rural clusters in 18 states of India with more than 1,000 products made using traditional and cultural art forms.  Read More

 

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INTRODUCTION

Tisser Rural Handicrafts is a social venture established to uplift the lives of rural Indian artisans. Tisser shares the mission of fighting poverty through livelihood generation in the rural artisan clusters.

Through a supply chain of strongly connected 10000+ artisans through cluster development and harnessing cluster entrepreneurs. With a presence in 18 states and 10000 Artisans/ SHGs. Tisser provides end-to-end support to the artisans.

We are creating a base for skilled, sustainable rural employment, and preserving India’s traditional handicrafts in the process.

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About Tisser

Tisser in French means ‘to weave’. Tisser supports weavers and craftsmen who make products using traditional techniques, skills, and hand processes consisting of the core of Incredible India!

Tisser India started as a handicrafts and rural products wholesale and retail establishment located in Mumbai, Maharashtra in September 2016 as a Trust.

Tisser Artisan Trust plans to capture the interest of customers around the world with its wide range of handicrafts, clothing, and accessories produced by rural artisans. The company plans to build a strong market position by establishing a dedicated supply chain from rural artisans and building a strong network with contemporary designers and other stakeholders.

We work with rural artisans to bring them directly into the ladder of the supply chain market through design and marketing support. Visit our site: http://www.tisser.in
In the first year of our operation, we have partnered with around 10000 artisans from 12 different states of India. We have an inventory of about 300 products and the number is increasing.

The revenue for the first year of our operation has been 50 lakhs which have the potential to grow by 6 crores in coming years. Tisser has an operational office and dispatch unit with regular staff.

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BEAUTIFYING HOMES AND GENERATING LIVELIHOOD IN RURAL INDIA BY INNOVATING AGE-OLD HANDICRAFT TRADITIONS.

Dr. Megha Phansalkar, Tisser Rural Handicrafts
Based in Mumbai, Tisser Rural Handicrafts Pvt Ltd and Tisser Artisan Trust was started by Dr. Megha Phansalkar in 2015 as a social venture to uplift the lives of rural Indian artisans.

While working as a consultant for the National Rural Livelihood Mission (NRLM) in the World Bank, she realized that there are thousands of Indian artisans whose livelihood solely depends on handicrafts and handlooms, the knowledge of which has passed down as a legacy in their families for generations.

With changing times, these art forms and handlooms are getting dated and due to lack of innovation, are becoming redundant.

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Mumbai: Indira Gandhi Memorable Award conferred on distinguished individuals.

 Indira Gandhi Memorable Awards were presented to Bollywood actress and social activist Juhi Chawla, actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui, international athlete Kavita Raut, writer and poetess Kavita Mahajan, educationist Farida Lambe, business women Dr Megha Phansalkar and editor Rahi Bhide during a function held at Y B Chavan Centre, Nariman Point, here on Thursday November 20.